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Dec 6, 2007 - Wanaka, Glendhu Bay and Rob Roy Glacier South Island 16 to 21 November 2007

Jeff No need to rush this morning as we are booked in at this camp site for another night. Eventually, after watching some of the good Morning TV programme in bed, (TV reception is usually available when we are in a town), we had breakfast and set off on a loop walk round the local high spot, Iron Mountain. According to 'The Lonely Planet' book, who must have copied from the local liar who made up the tourist pamphlets, the walk is, "A fairly gentle climb to the top of Mt Iron, (549m, 1 ½ hours return)". The height of about 1,700 feet...

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Apr 26, 2007 - Views from the top of the world!

Left early this morning, heading past Fox Glacier, and onto Lake Matheson, a mirror lake, that perfectly reflected Mount Cook in its waters. Very cool view, with all the snow capped mountains around. It was then a long day of driving having to go through one of three passes to the east side of the island on our way to Queenstown. Late in the afternoon, we arrived at Wanaka and got checked into our hotel (yes people a hotel, but still with hostel style beds! i.e. bunk beds!) and I went for a walk with a Danish girl, Gitte, and took in a...

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Mar 3, 2007 - Wacky Wanaka and Queer Queenstown

We left Fox Glacier today. It was tough knowing we had a very long day of driving and some hard decisions to make. The South Island has become very overwhelming to us and in the interest of decreasing our stress to make the deadline to Auckland March 11th, we have decided to add an extra flight, from Christchurch to Auckland and skip touring the North Island altogether. The South Island promises much less commercial ventures, mainly seeing dolphins and seals and penguins...of more interest to the girls. We arrived in Wanaka around 2:30 pm...

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Nov 28, 2006 - Wanaka, New Zealand

We had heard that Wanaka was like an 'up and coming' Queenstown, primarily due to the rise in the number of adrenaline sports being offered in the area. We thought it had to be worth a look. The town in located on a gorgeous lake with mountains all around (very much like Queenstown) and we were lucky enough to enjoy it in the sunshine. We arrived on a Sunday morning and couldn't resist heading out to the local ale house for pie & mash accompanied by the local brew. It was a great start and we grew to really like the place. We spent our time...

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Nov 13, 2006 - Wanaka, New Zealand

Next stop was Wanaka and the weather improved dramatically. We booked into a campervan park to avail of the facilities most importantly of course "the dump station"! An amusing name perhaps, but not such an amusing job! Campervan parks are really clean and very well run in New Zealand and this one even had a hot tub for us to soak in! The campervan park was in the Mt. Aspiring National Park and had lovely views of Lake Wanaka and the surrounding countryside. Wanaka is an alternative to the "adrenaline capital" of Queenstown but has...

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May 26, 2006 - Queenstown to Franz Josef via Wanaka

After the disappointment of not being able to raft today, we decide to try the jet-boating anyway. First we head into town and buy a few items from an aboriginal shop. One thing we have noticed about New Zealand is that people like to talk - the woman behind the desk is much the same and, although it gives us quite an interesting insight into the aboriginal culture, we need to get moving. Unluckily for us, it is raining too heavily for the jetboat to run so we decide to head on our way to Franz Josef and take a more scenic route over the...

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May 26, 2006 - One Town, A Few Mountains, Five Pubs And A Little Snow

It's been a while since I last wrote, (sorry to all the fans out there.... ;-) ) so I thought it was about time that I got my act together and posted an update. Since arriving in Wanaka, I've definitely become acustomed to the slower, quiter lifestyle. Wanaka is without a doubt the little cousin of Queenstown, which is a good thing. Not having the traffic, the busy streets, the big developments makes for a more relaxing, enjoyable atmosphere. It's the type of town that forces you to feel relaxed and appreciate that there are still places in...

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Jonesy's Journey

Apr 10, 2006 - A long day on the road

We did not get off as early as usual today, but we were on the road by 7:50 a.m.. There was a bit of rain last night so everything smelled nice and fresh. The mountains we could see from our back window looked great with a light dusting of snow at the top. The plan was to head for Queenstown and see some of the sites there and move on a bit further before calling it a day. We almost did that! You'll find out more later in the story. Fire danger is indicated as extreme and the barren landscape certainly confirms that any little spark could...

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Feb 15, 2006 - Wanaka - slappe af og nye legekammerater

Vi har vaeret i denne lille, men bestemt indholdsrige by meget laengere end beregnet. Gustav loeb ind i 2 drenge, som han meget gerne ville lege mere med end vores planlagte 1-2 dage tillod. Saa vi er blevet, og har nydt stranden, den lokale legeplads, byens butikker, cafeer og et skoent resort lidt ude for byen som byder paa opvarmede pools. Naeste destination er Mount Aspiring National park og campinglivet bliver igen af den primitive karakter - dvs. uden bad og traek og slip toiletter. Vejret synes at skifte nu. Vi har haft rigtig mange...

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Jan 20, 2006 - Wanaka

Today we had a short bus ride to Wanaka. This is another lake in central south NZ - 5 km across, 30 km long and 400 meters deep. Our hotel was well away from town, so it was a big long walk back to town. For their centennial year, the town put in 2000 rust tiles in a time line with most tiles denoting important events from history. THis is all along the beach front and of course I had to read them all and wonder how they could possibly choose 1 or 2 events for such interesting years. This nearly drove Jim crazy as he was hungry for lunch...

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Dec 4, 2005 - Wanaka

We stopped of in the quiet town of Wanaka on the way down to Queenstown, as it sounded a great place to stop-over one night, and it would give us a break from the usual Magic Bus crowd, as everyone seemed to think Queenstown was all they wanted to see in the South Island. We had been recomended to visit the cinema whilst we were there, so we trudged along for the evening showing, and were glad we went. They've converted the small town hall there into a cinema, by placing loads of old comfy sofas along a sloped flaw. As well as the sofas,...

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Nov 23, 2004 - Wanaka

Hey all, Well I am going to make a posting even though there really isn't a point. Yesterday was kick ass!! I loved it and by far the best thing I have done here so far... and one of the coolest things I have ever done. We had to crawl down ice hole and crawl out of them, the helicopter landing 2m above us (I checked the video and it is super cool!!) So anyway today I am exhausted and my knees really hurt and are very bruised. Anyway today was just a travel day.. nothing too exciting. Which is fine with me considering the past 2 days....

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